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G2E Preview: New Shuffle Master Games

3 Card Poker Bonus Bet At Caesars Casinos by Shuffle Master

3 Card Poker by Shuffle Master

Shuffle Master was rebranded as SHFL a couple of years ago but was purchased by Bally Technologies. Shortly after that acquisition Bally Technologies was purchased by Scientific Games. In the video below it seems as though Scientific Games has reverted to the old branding of Shuffle Master. Got it? Okay.

The video below shows a tease of new Shuffle Master table games that will debut at G2E. Shuffle Master controls most of the space on the casino floor that’s devoted to Carnival Games. They’re called Carnival Games mostly by traditionalists that grew up with blackjack, craps, roulette and slot machines occupying the casino floor.

Carnival Games are the newer casino games like 3 Card Poker, Mississippi Stud Poker and so on. It’s easier for a company like Shuffle Master to test a new game in place of one of their 3 Card Poker games, for example, than it is for a new manufacturer looking for extra space on the casino floor.

Do any of the titles in the preview below sound interesting? Leave a comment and I’ll try to get some information on that game.

I’ll get more information on the branding as we get closer to G2E but that’s not important right now.

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Konami Announces Frogger Slot Machine

Frogger Slot Machine

Frogger Slot Machine

The Global Gaming Expo (aka G2E aka the “slot convention”) is just over a month away and gaming manufacturers are beginning to tease some of the games that will be on display. This week Konami announced that they will release a Frogger slot machine.

I remember playing Frogger at the bodega down the street when I was growing up. I think I’ll be giddy like a child when I see the slot machine in person next month.

Here are some of the specs on the Frogger slot machine from Konami:

The upcoming landmark debut of Frogger themed video slots signifies Konami’s latest homegrown IP release from Konami Digital Entertainment to the casino gaming industry. The first Frogger slot machines will be unveiled at G2E on Konami’s tall-top Podium MonumentTM cabinet.

“Frogger has remained one of the world’s most singularly recognizable video games for more than 30 years, and players have the chance to experience their favorite Frogger features with a real- money casino spin,” said Reback. “While the primary game carries modernized character art paired alongside our proven video slot features and math, the game’s mystery Frogger Bonus allows players to relive the classic road and river crossing course in retro-pixelated glory. Arcade-animated tractors push away the reel strips and players are awarded three ‘lives’ as they watch the frog hop its way to increasing bonus awards across the lower screen and up into the cabinet’s upper top box.”

I’ll try to keep the blog up to date with the deluge of announcements for new slot machines and other games that will debut at G2E. I’ll be sharing info on new games on twitter and Facebook first if you have a need to know about these things as soon as they’re announced.

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Sons Of Anarchy Slot Machine Hitting Casinos

Sons of Anarchy Slot Machine

Sons of Anarchy Slot Machine

Sons of Anarchy is a popular TV show. Everything popular gets a slot machine nowadays. This game was introduced by Aristocrat at G2E last year and will begin hitting casinos shortly. The game uses the same cabinet and gameplay is very similar to The Walking Dead slot machine.

I’d be more excited if I watched the show or there was some new technology. I figured I’d share the info because the TV show is so popular. Here are details on the SOA slot machine from the Aristocrat press release.

Anarchy is upon us as FX Network’s Golden Globe® winning “Sons of Anarchy” comes to casinos in Aristocrat’s new Sons of Anarchy™ Slot Game, a new action-packed multi-site progressive game with a chance to win a $500,000+ jackpot and the excitement of Cluster Power, No Limits and Big Symbols – a totally new way to play and win.

Sons of Anarchy Slot Game comes to life in all of the show’s gritty glory, with Jax, Gemma, Clay and all of viewers’ favorite characters from FX’s highest-rated series, creatively weaving the show’s storyline into the game and attracting a wide demographic.

The show’s hard-hitting action is captured perfectly on Aristocrat’s award-winning VERVEhd™ cabinet, with ultra hi-def graphics, 3D panoramic adjustable sound and an ergonomic design that enhances game play. Sons of Anarchy has a 6×5 configuration.

Sons of Anarchy Slot Game is the first to feature Aristocrat’s groundbreaking new Cluster Power™, where winning combinations are formed by connecting the same symbol in clusters across multiple reels. Additionally, the game takes reel growth to the next level by expanding the reel area in any direction during the “No Limits Jackpot” feature.

The exciting No Limits Jackpot feature is awarded when a Big Jackpot Symbol lands and causes the reel area to grow to the size of the Big Jackpot Symbol. Three Big Jackpot Symbols award the Mini progressive; four Big Jackpot Symbols award the minor progressive; five Big Jackpot Symbols award the major progressive; and six Big Jackpot Symbols award the grand progressive.

Adding to the fun, a free games bonus awards anywhere from 10 to 100 free games!

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Gamblit Gaming Is The Future

7 Screen Slot Machine From Gamblit Gaming At G2E

7 Screen Slot Machine!

I first heard of Gamblit Gaming over the summer when they received approval to incorporate video games with casino games (see story on Vegas Chatter). They were fairly quiet over the few months following approval. Their plan was always to use G2E as a springboard and launch games publicly next year.

While the big named themed slot machines were the first talking point for the mainstream media covering G2E, Gamblit Gaming really took over as G2E came to a close. If you’ve seen any news articles since G2E you’ll probably notice the injection of millennial’s into the discussion. That’s where Gamblit steps into the discussion.

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Vegas Is Getting Younger Quickly, You’re Not Aging That Fast

Vegas Is Getting Younger

Say Goodbye To These Folks

John Unwin, CEO of Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, did a sort of strange interview with Bloomberg last week. He was lobbed some softball questions about Las Vegas before being asked about Atlantic City, a market he’s never worked in. Since the Cosmo or any of his previous jobs have no connection to Atlantic City he seemed very lost. That part of the interview was a bad look for Unwin and Bloomberg.

The softball questions surrounded why Las Vegas is in such good shape. One of the interesting bits of information from this interview is that the median age of the Las Vegas customer has gone from 50 To 44 in the past two years. That’s a huge drop.

The large decrease in median age makes sense when you look at all of the new properties and club openings. As the reinvention of Vegas continues it seems as though that median age will continue to fall.

After G2E it seems as though all marketing focus has switched to millennials. If  there is any success with this group of consumers the median age of the Las Vegas customer will continue to surge downward rapidly.

If you feel old when you’re in Vegas today get ready to feel really old in a couple of years.

You can see the complete 5 minute interview below for more information and context.

Photo: Lehigh Valley Live

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Spy Vs. Spy Slot Machine From WMS Gaming

Spy Vs. Spy Slot Machine From WMS Gaming

Spy Vs. Spy Slot Machine

I saw this Spy Vs. Spy slot machine from WMS Gaming at G2E last year and wasn’t very excited by it. I think that it’s because I don’t have a strong bond with the Spy Vs. Spy theme. Watching the video for the game is actually making me rethink how I feel about the game.

Spy Vs. Spy is a reel slot machine that uses video for bonus rounds really well. I don’t think I’ll love the game but it looks much cooler than many of the slot machines that have come out recently.

Check out the video and game details below. Will you play Spy Vs. Spy when it hit casinos?

The SPY Vs. SPY theme utilizes a unique battle mechanic where the game is always in one of two modes: WHITE SPY or BLACK SPY.

Watch as the Spies fight to land in the “versus” location, the center position of the rightmost reel, to take control of the game, and put it in either WHITE SPY Mode or BLACK SPY Mode.

Collect WHITE Spies in WHITE SPY Mode, or BLACK Spies in BLACK SPY mode, to pay and increase the meters above. Landing a WILD in “versus” location will pay and increment all top screen meters. Choose your spy in the free spin bonus and get a multiplier if your Spy wins.

Featuring a round top with glass over an incandescent LED monitor, and a clear LED panel that allows full visibility of the reels, this low-denomination Blade stepper theme is sure to catch your attention- no booby-traps needed!

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Gamble With Asteroids, Centipede And Other Atari Games

Atari Casino

Hey, It’s The Atari Casino

It looks as if the Atari Casino will be launching online in just a few months.The casino will offer gambling for real and virtual currency.  Atari Casino will be considered a social gaming platform since gambling is a dirty word more than simply an online casino. The casino will available on the Web, as well as Facebook and mobile devices.

Even though I never owned an Atari video game system when I was growing up (I was a ColecoVision guy) I played their games way too often. Older brands like Atari are a link to my childhood and that’s what they’re is banking on to acquire players.

The idea of gambling online isn’t very attractive to me because I prefer gambling with some form of human interaction. Having said that I might consider playing craps, slot machines or blackjack at the Atari Casino if it’s branded with Centipede, Missile Command or Asteroids for a little while. This might not be Atari’s only gambling play. Last year at G2E I reported that IGT was re-introducing skill-based gaming with a Centipede branded slot machine for Vegas Chatter. We shouldn’t expect to see anything in casinos until next year. Photo: Engadget

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Konami Gaming Or Apollo Management Could Be New Owners Of IGT

IGT Logo

When I first saw the news about IGT being for sale I didn’t think much of it. The headline was shaped by IGT’s stock price being up 15%. I’m not in the market, so I wasn’t concerned. Then it hit me that one of the largest slot machine and the biggest video poker machine company is on the market and I was full of WOW.

Evidently this wasn’t a surprise to the stock market as IGT’s value has dropped 31% in the past year. They laid off 7% of their staff earlier this year in hopes of cutting enough costs to salvage the company. It doesn’t look like that’s working as the company is rumored to be on the market just to keep it alive. Reuters says IGT has been planning for a sale for the past two months.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that a number of private equity companies and gaming companies are interested in acquiring IGT. The most interesting to me are Konami Gaming and Apollo Global Management. Let’s take a quick look at how both could work with IGT.

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KISS Colossal Reel Slot Machine By WMS Gaming Coming Soon

KISS Colossal Reel Slot Machine By WMS Gaming

KISS Colossal Reels

The first KISS slot machine from WMS Gaming hit casino floors a couple of years ago and is pretty much gone. I rarely saw anyone playing the original KISS slot machine in my travels so it’s no surprise that it’s been removed from the casino floor. Aside of KISS being at G2E to promote the slot machine there was little excitement over the game.

Just like the band the KISS slot machine won’t go away.

A new KISS Colossal Reels slot machine will be hitting casinos soon. The video below is from the KISS Colossal Reels game that’s been available online in Europe. The Colossal Reel technology is really popular and should help bring new life into the KISS slot machine franchise that WMS Gaming probably paid too much for.

Does the KISS Army gamble? Would you play this game? 

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Monopoly Luxury Diamonds Slot Machines By WMS Gaming

Monopoly Luxury Diamonds Slot Machine By WMS Gaming

Monopoly Luxury Diamonds Slot Machine

I saw this Monopoly Luxury Diamonds slot machine at G2E last year and was more impressed by the fact that it was a new take on an old school mechanical reel slot machine than by the gameplay itself. That’s not to say I didn’t like the game. This the kind of game I’d play in the morning over a cup of hot coffee. I was just impressed with WMS Gaming keeping the older type slot machine alive.

This is a line of slot machines that WMS Gaming is making for people not totally ready to move to video reels. I touched on the re-emergence of higher limit slot machines last year for Vegas ChatterMonopoly Luxury Diamonds will be available this summer.

What do you think?

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